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Reference : UMR6506-REMGUI-003
Workplace : CAEN
Date of publication : Thursday, February 11, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 5 April 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2600 to 3800 euros gross per month, based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The main objective of the project is to develop and optimize multiscale zeolitic materials for the separation, storage and transport of CH4 and H2 under relevant conditions, thanks to an advanced and efficient strategy of synthesis, characterization, simulation and modelling.
The agent will be in charge of a research project focusing on the effect of key synthetic parameters and post-treatments over the final the porous architecture of modern zeolitic materials and its interconnections on all the pore scales concerned (micro-, meso- and macropores). A particular attention will be set on the accurate characterization and tailoring of the birth of the porosity. The implications of such pore structure modulation and control regarding accessibility, diffusion, adsorption and desorption phenomena taking place within these complex interconnected zeolitic structures will be of prime interest. Rationalization of such effects will allow the experimental design and optimization of better zeolitic materials via reverse engineering for gas separation/storage of H2 and CH4 as well as other small molecules of interest.
- Must have a doctorate in chemistry or chemical engineering or any field in closely related with material science.
- A relevant experience in materials chemistry is mandatory.
- A solid experience in characterization of nanoporous materials will be highly appreciated (eg: IR, XRD, TEM, SEM, gas adsorption, NMR, …).
- An experience in accessibility and diffusion studies will be a noticeable advantage.
- Be familiar with the field of adsorption at large and with experimental techniques for characterizing porous networks (eg: gas physisorption, multi-nuclear NMR, dynamic sorption, etc.).
-We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who can collaborate in an interdisciplinary team.
- Be efficient and at ease in oral and written communication.
- Mastery of oral and written English is mandatory.
The project will take place within the framework of the 2020 RIN RESEARCH Chair of Excellence managed by Rémy Guillet-Nicolas (chargé de recherche, CNRS). The work will be carried out at LCS - Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie (https://www.lcs.ensicaen.fr) located in Caen (Calvados).
The LCS has built its reputation on the operando spectroscopy of catalysts, that is to say on the observation of materials in the chemical reactor, in real time and during the reaction. Since 2009, LCS has also been recognized worldwide for its research in the design of complex microporous materials, such as modern zeolitic materials, with very specific and adjustable properties. Combining very strong poles in synthesis, infrared spectroscopy, but also in NMR and Raman spectroscopy, LCS occupies a unique place to perform competitive research of the highest level in the field of energy, bioresources and materials. The selected candidate will be attached to UMR6506 and to the zeolite team led by Dr Valentin Valtchev (research director, CNRS). The successful candidate will be supervised by Rémy Guillet-Nicolas and Valentin Valtchev. Short trips to different places in France and/or Europe are likely if and when the health situation will allow it.
The contract is established for a period of 12 months and may be renewed for an additional 18 months based on the performance of the individual and the requirements of the project.
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